A villager gets her fingers skanned as she gives out the necessary data to get her Unique Identification card (UID) issued by the Indian government at a Government school in Chellur village, Tumkur district some145 KM North West from Southern Indian City of Bangalore, 22 April 2010. Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is an agency of the Government of India projec. It was established in February 2009, and will own and operate the Unique Identification Number database. The authority will aim at providing a unique number to all Indians, but not smart cards.It would provide a database of residents containing data including photographs and fingerprints scanned using biometrics readers.

India’s giant ID database is under fire for a massive data breach

500 rupees

The credentials to access the Aadhaar database, which contains personal details of more than 1 billion Indians, are reportedly being sold for 500 rupees ($8) on WhatsApp.

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A villager gets her fingers skanned as she gives out the necessary data to get her Unique Identification card (UID) issued by the Indian government at a Government school in Chellur village, Tumkur district some145 KM North West from Southern Indian City of Bangalore, 22 April 2010. Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is an agency of the Government of India projec. It was established in February 2009, and will own and operate the Unique Identification Number database. The authority will aim at providing a unique number to all Indians, but not smart cards.It would provide a database of residents containing data including photographs and fingerprints scanned using biometrics readers.
500 rupees

In response to the breach, the government filed a complaint that cited the hackers—but also the newspaper and the journalist that broke the story.

A villager gets her fingers skanned as she gives out the necessary data to get her Unique Identification card (UID) issued by the Indian government at a Government school in Chellur village, Tumkur district some145 KM North West from Southern Indian City of Bangalore, 22 April 2010. Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is an agency of the Government of India projec. It was established in February 2009, and will own and operate the Unique Identification Number database. The authority will aim at providing a unique number to all Indians, but not smart cards.It would provide a database of residents containing data including photographs and fingerprints scanned using biometrics readers.
500 rupees

Press groups criticized the move, and Edward Snowden tweeted that the journalists “deserve an award, not an investigation.” The government later backtracked, saying it is committed to press freedom.

A villager gets her fingers skanned as she gives out the necessary data to get her Unique Identification card (UID) issued by the Indian government at a Government school in Chellur village, Tumkur district some145 KM North West from Southern Indian City of Bangalore, 22 April 2010. Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is an agency of the Government of India projec. It was established in February 2009, and will own and operate the Unique Identification Number database. The authority will aim at providing a unique number to all Indians, but not smart cards.It would provide a database of residents containing data including photographs and fingerprints scanned using biometrics readers.
500 rupees

Since the program started in 2009, there have been many complaints that it breaches privacy, and that people who opt risk losing social benefits.

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